2 Minutes 24 Seconds of Melancholic Perfection

Over the last couple of weeks, I haven’t been able to dedicate as much time as I should to music – something I’m vowing to change over the coming months. In order to gain your forgiveness, please accept Joshua James with a little red bow on.

While working my way through a large number of slow acoustic songs on my hard disk, this jumped out at me for a number of reasons – initially for the seemlingly happy name, the insistent strumming, and the short running time…but after a couple of listens, I found the lyrics haunting me quite strongly. And the more I listen, the genuinely sadder this song makes me….

I heard about, I heard about your daddy got sick.
Drove down to the river to die alone.
Seven days, seven days till they found him all wrapped up in a blanket on the boat.
So we put him in the ground. Down, Down, Down.
Your momma said “stay strong, don’t cry.” So that is what you did.

Years later, years down later down the road.
On a bus with your FM Radio, half drunk, a cigarrette hangin’ out.
What happened to your lonely soul? Crying out. What happened to your lonely soul? Screamin’ out.
You said try and lose.
You said try and lose.
Everything you’ve known, everything you’ve seen, everything you’ve loved, everything you’ve been
And everywhere you walk, every song you sing, every time you wake, it haunts you once again.
My Daddy ain’t comin home.
Daddy ain’t comin’ home.
My Daddy ain’t comin home.
Daddy ain’t comin home.
My Daddy ain’t comin home.

Joshua James – FM Radio

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